Dynamite Entertainment has released a standalone Vampirella story in the Spring 2019 Freedom of Speech issue of Playboy magazine.
Created by writer Gail Simone (Domino: Hotshots, Red Sonja) and artist Joyce Chin (Xena Warrior Princess, Wynonna Earp), this exclusive six-page Vampirella tale celebrates the character's 50th anniversary and revolves around the Daughter of Drakulon herself protecting a couple of professional cosplayers from a horde of cannibals. Colorist Addison Duke (Barbarella/Dejah Thoris, Curse Words) and letterer Taylor Esposito (Batman, Elvira) joined Simone and Chin on the story.
According to the story synopsis,
Vampi protects a couple of professional cosplayers from crazed cannibal peers. Cosplay, cannibalism and no kink-shaming! Fans of the Daughter of Drakulon will not want to miss this story.
“Vampirella is the original monster girl of comics," Simone said in a statement. "It’s always a joy to tell stories with her, looking good and being bad. There were two major enticements to do this story; one was to work with the wonderful Joyce again, who draws sexy evil like few can, and the other was to be part of that amazing legacy Playboy has had with comics and cartoons. The publisher was a known fan of the medium, wanted to be a cartoonist at one time and provided a platform for the brilliant work of people like Harvey Kurtzman, Gahan Wilson and so many more. It’s fun to bring Vampirella into that mix!"
"Vampi is a nostalgic '60s here for me, fun and campy," Chin added. "That great, classic Trina Robbins costume design, and the incredible art from people like José González, Frank Frazetta, Esteban Maroto, and so many more. There’s a lot to love there. That she was having her own adventures and kicking monster butts in an era when very few female characters were prominently doing so, meant a lot."
CEO and Publisher of Dynamite Nick Barrucci also chimed in, saying, "Vampirella is one of the most iconic characters in comics who has had some of the greatest creators in the industry work for her, from Trina Robbins and Frank Frazetta, to Mark Millar, Grant Morrison, Warren Ellis, Nancy Collins, James Robinson, Amanda Conner, Joe Jusko, Alex Ross, Joseph Michael Linsner, Louise Simonson, Archie Goodwin and so many more talented creators over her 50 year history. We couldn't be more excited that Playboy worked with us to create this 50th Anniversary story, and to bring in two of the strongest female voices in our industry today - Gail and Joyce. "
Playboy's Spring 2019 Freedom of Speech issue is now on sale. Additionally, Vampirella #0 is set to hit comic shops for Free Comic Book Day 2019 on the first Saturday in May.